Scientific Method Vocabulary Words

Scientific Method Vocabulary: 8th Grade Science Words For The MSBSD
 
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Procedure
A list which describes all the steps taken during an experiment. The list should provide enough...
Results
The section within a lab write up which will contain a data table and/or a graph. This details...
Quantitative Observation
An observation using numbers. Example: the tree is 15 meters tall.
Qualitative Observation
An observation using descriptive words. Example: the ooze created was foamy and smelled...
Independent Variable
May also be called the manipulated variable. This is the one item which is intentionally changed...
Dependent Variable
May also be called the responding variable. This is what the you observe as a result of...
Controlled Variable
The process of keeping factors identical within the experiment. Example: change the number...
Experimental Controls -or- Controls
These are standards used for comparing results of an experiment. Example: if you want to know...
Inference
A conclusion based on prior experience. Example: you hear a loud, rumbling noise outside;...
Law (scientific)
A generalization for a body of observations. At the time it is made, no exceptions have...
Theory
This summarizes a hypothesis or group of hypotheses that have been supported with repeated...
Hypothesis
an educated guess, based on observation. Usually, a hypothesis can be supported or refuted...
Conclusion
The summary part of an experiment write-up. This contains whether or not the data collected...
Trials
Repetition of the experiment or parts of it. Increasing the number of times an experiment...
Emperical Evidence
Data produced by an experiment or observation (a fancy term for this).
Peer Review
A process of self-regulation involving qualified individuals within the relevant field. Example:...

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